(The view over East London on our return journey from Belfast to London Heathrow.)
After all my long haul air travels in October, an hour from London to Belfast on Thursday afternoon seemed over before it had even started. The whistle stop tour to Northern Ireland was for a demo and signing at Le Creuset’s Belfast store.
I was travelling very light. One side of my Tumi was filled with onions, sweetcorn, and various vital implements that experience tells me aren’t always in demo kitchens, the other with my laptop, cables and a little bag of clean underwear and toiletries. (It took quite a while for security to scan my case at Heathrow.)
We checked into the Belfast Malmaison, and then headed to the city centre store for the demo to get prepping before the audience arrived.
Here’s Remy and I in perky pre-demo mode:
Everything went well – everything cooked and ready to be served at the right time, although I still do not love cooking on an induction hob. (It’s always a pleasure to see everyone snarfling down all the food I cook at these demos, and to meet so many interesting people.)
I was absolutely thrilled that my big cousin Robin, and his wife Joanne came to my demo. We haven’t seen each other for years, what with me moving to the US, and their home being in Northern Ireland. It was so lovely seeing them that I am already planning my next visit over the Irish Channel.
After the demo, Remy and I headed to supper at a highly recommended restaurant, James St. South, which was excellent, before crashing early at the Mal.
It’s an absolute joy flying from Belfast City: we left our hotel at 0735hrs, arrived at the Airport at 0750hrs, and still had twenty minutes to kill airside before the 0840hrs flight. I nearly lost Remy to the sheep and shamrocks aisle at Belfast City .
The British Airways flight to London seems astonishingly short, at just 55 minutes, and it’s impressive that the cabin crew manage to not just hand out drinks, but a proper hot breakfast too. (And it was delicious. Well, not the acidic orange juice or oddly textured bread, but the cheese omelette with chestnut mushrooms and slow roast tomatoes was pretty good.)
Huge thanks to Le Creuset for underwriting my mini book tour of the UK. (I was not paid for my participation.)